07/15/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

McCain Security Threatens ProgressNow Protesters With Arrest

DENVER--Protesters with ProgressNow outside today's John McCain town hall meeting here were told to throw their signs away or risk being arrested for trespassing.

McCain's secret service detail told the Denver Police that the three protesters, one dressed in a pea costume that included photos of President Bush and McCain, were told to shut their protest down about an hour before the campaign event began.

"McCain's secret service has told us we can't exhibit our first amendment rights of free speech," said Michael Huttner, executive director of ProgressNow.

The protesters were not told to leave the premises but were told they couldn't display their signs.

McCain was scheduled to address the economy at today's town hall, a perfect opportunity, according to Progress Now to stage its Pea Pod Political Theater, which, according to Huttner, is meant to underline the idea that, when it comes to economic policy, McCain and Bush are "obviously two peas in a pod." The group also planned to hand out pea pods to people in line.

"No matter how many green beans you eat, Bush and McCain's economic policies are bad for America," Huttner says, mixing his vegetable metaphors in a press release.

Read more at the Colorado Independent.